Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

WARNING: Johannesburg mayor cautions residents who don’t pay electricity

Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse is coming for you if you don’t pay for electricity when you can afford it.

Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

Johannesburg electricity users who don’t pay have been warned. Come forward for help if can’t afford power but if you are cheating, the law is coming for you, mayor Mpho Phalatse has warned.


The recently elected mayor has spoken. Residence who struggle to afford power should seek help with applications. But for those who do have the means but avoid paying anyways, the law will find you.

“There’s a lot of support for the hardline that we have taken, that the culture of non-payment will no longer be accepted,” Phalatse said.

“Those who can’t afford have a responsibility to register for the City Extended Social Package (ESP). We will be continuing with that position. The ESP is a basket of subsidies and rebates for financially distressed ratepayers.

The City’s head said that Johannesburg locals who don’t pay for electricity when you afford to do so are simply acting unlawfully.

“This means you only have two options. You either can afford to pay but you are not paying, or you cannot afford to pay and you are registered for ESP. Anything in between will make you vulnerable as a resident to illegal acts.”


As one of the key areas to tackle since here election, Phalatse is determined to help ease the enormous pressure that Eskom is facing as a result of illegal use of power.

The city is acutely aware of the dangerous stealing of electricity in places like Soweto.

“There’s a lot of support from ratepayers from across the City, who indirectly have been carrying these non-paying areas.

“I have been approached by residents to mediate between themselves and Eskom. I have engaged both the residents and Eskom to try find the middle ground.”

“Eskom is concerned about acts of criminality within the electricity supply space, where some residents have been found fiddling with infrastructure, connecting illegally to the grid, bypassing meters and even purchasing power from ghost vendors. Again Eskom is lamenting the culture of non-payment,” said Phalatse.

There is however some positive progress that provides added reason for optimism. Phalatse said previous users of electricity without paying have decreased. A number of residents have started to pay for power.

“I think finally Johannesburg is going to get the best of the best. They are going to get what they deserve,” she said.